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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 12, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: South Africa Profession: director, producer, actor, screenwriter

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Though it has been practically obligatory for South African filmmakers to make movies about corruption, disease or apartheid, writer-director Gavin Hood managed to steer clear of such expectations; instead turning his sharp focus on character and genre to tell more universal stories. Despite his start as a supporting actor in cut-rate "Delta Force" rip-offs and middling martial arts flicks, Hood's true ambition was to direct. So after gaining a foothold as an actor, he shifted his attention behind the camera and helmed the Academy Award-winning drama, "Tsotsi" (2005). An unforgiving, but redemptive tale about a street thug who cares for a newborn after a carjacking, "Tsotsi" helped propel Hood's career, landing him in Los Angeles where he sought to expand his filmmaking resume. His career took off when he helmed the taut political thriller "Rendition" (2007) and the smash summer hit, "X-Men: Origins" (2009), which - despite mixed reviews - became one of the top-grossing movies of that year. In a short span of time, Hood established himself as a talented director capable of making both intense character-driven drama and big budget studio blockbusters.

Though it has been practically obligatory for South African filmmakers to make movies about corruption, disease or apartheid, writer-director Gavin Hood managed to steer clear of such expectations; instead turning his sharp focus on character and genre to tell more universal stories. Despite his start as a supporting actor in cut-rate "Delta Force" rip-offs and middling martial arts flicks, Hood's true ambition was to direct. So after gaining a foothold as an actor, he shifted his attention behind the camera and helmed the Academy Award-winning drama, "Tsotsi" (2005). An unforgiving, but redemptive tale about a street thug who cares for a newborn after a carjacking, "Tsotsi" helped propel Hood's career, landing him in Los Angeles where he sought to expand his filmmaking resume. His career took off when he helmed the taut political thriller "Rendition" (2007) and the smash summer hit, "X-Men: Origins" (2009), which - despite mixed reviews - became one of the top-grossing movies of that year. In a short span of time, Hood established himself as a talented director capable of making both intense character-driven drama and big budget studio blockbusters.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Rendition (2007)
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  Tsotsi (2005)
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  Reasonable Man, A (1999) Director
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  Storekeeper, The (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Ender's Game (2013)
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 Reasonable Man, A (1999) Sean Raine
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 Project Shadowchaser II (1994) Tieg
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 Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1990) Robert
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 Traitor's Heart (1999) Roberts
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 King Solomon's Mines (2004) Bruce Mcnabb
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Briefly practiced law before quiting to pursue acting
1989:
First gained attention in the South African TV drama, "The Game"
1991:
Had a small role in the straight to video, "Curse 3: Blood Sacrifice"
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Moved to Los Angeles to study screenwriting
1993:
Wrote the script for "A Reasonable Man"
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Returned to South Africa after a failed attempt to get "A Reasonable Man" made into a film
1994:
Had a supporting role in the HBO movie, "Armed and Deadly"
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Began writing and directing educational television dramas for the newly-formed Department of Health
1998:
Received first Academy Award nomination for directing the 22-minute short, "The Storekeeper"
1999:
Directed first feature film "A Reasonable Man" from his previous script; also played the lead role as the defense attorney
2001:
Directed second film, "In Desert and Wilderness"
2005:
Directed and penned the screenplay adaptation of Athol Fugard┬┐s popular novel, "Tsotsi"
2007:
Helmed first Hollywood film, "Rendition" starring Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal
2009:
Directed Hugh Jackman in the title role of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"
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Education

St. Stithians College: -
University of Witwatersrand: -
University of Witwatersrand: -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

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